Heath Ledger had the “time of his life” playing the Joker in “The Dark Knight”,his family said on Friday as they spoke of their pride at the late actor’s Oscar nomination for the role.
Ledger’s star was on the rise in Hollywood when he was found dead in his New York apartment a year ago,aged 28,having accidentally taken a lethal combination of prescription drugs.
His family said that they were still grief-stricken at his passing,but celebrating the news that his work in the Batman blockbuster had been recognised with an Oscar nomination on the first anniversary of his death.
“Although we would love to have him here with us,we are so proud and so excited on his behalf,” Ledger’s sister Ashleigh Bell told reporters in Perth.
“We will take this opportunity today to honour his wonderful life and take comfort in knowing Heath will continue to touch future generations through this amazing art form.
“In Heath’s words,he had ‘the time of his life’ portraying The Joker and said that ‘it was the most fun he’d ever had working on a film’.”
Speaking from Cottesloe Beach in Western Australia,where Ledger’s wake was held last year,another of the late actor’s sisters,Kate Ledger,said that despite the pain of losing her brother,the family felt blessed to have his daughter Matilda and the child’s mother,actor Michelle Williams,in their lives.